Your Rhine River cruise sails across Germany—with touches of Switzerland, France, and Holland along the way as you experience important and meaningful Jewish Heritage historic and cultural sites. Joining us on board is renowned author and speaker Salo Muller joining us as a special guest on the Rhine portion of our cruise. Orphaned at five years old and forced into hiding after the Nazis seized his parents, Mr. Muller shares his moving story of loss and triumph. He recounts his mother’s last words to him, which became the title of his moving Holocaust memoir, “See You Tonight and Promise to be a Good Boy!” Just hours later, his parents would be arrested and put on a train from Westerbork to Auschwitz. Learn of his experiences during the war, his life after as a young orphan, and of how he overcame immeasurable tragedy to achieve much in life, including an esteemed career as physiotherapist for Amsterdam’s Ajax soccer team. Mr. Muller will accompany you on the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam to explore Jewish culture and heritage. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, located at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here, you’ll find the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals, the fascinating astronomical clock and the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, or stop in Mainz, one of the ShUM cities, for a guided walk and a visit to the Synagogue and the Gutenberg Museum. Next up is the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and a visit to the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Last stop in Germany is Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral. Enjoy the opportunity to take a Jewish history tour in this fascinating city.A wonderful conclusion to your river cruise vacation is spending time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. Here, start with a private guided tour to the Anne Frank House, continue with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age,” and see the Jewish Quarter.
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